With some scrap wood, nails, and rubber bands, the cousins made marble mazes this summer at Camp Gramp. Using an old idea from Family Fun, we first made grids on large squares of wood, and then hammered nails at the grid intersections. I like any activity that gets kids hammering, since hammering is a great skill AND it is satisfyingly noisy!
Once the nails were in place, rubber bands could be placed in any configuration to create a maze. We tested the mazes with marbles to make sure the rubber bands weren't too high or too low. Then we tried each other's mazes and had a great time!
The joy of this creation is that the children can remove the bands to reconfigure their mazes again and again. It will never get old! Because we planned to keep our mazes flexible, we did not paint them as Family Fun did in their example. Some of the children did decorate their mazes with markers, though.